(Nice, Provence-Alpes Côte d'Azur, France)
Nice has retained many vestiges of its rich heritage in its museums. Together, Nice's museums they trace the city's past from prehistoric man, through to the Romans and the Middle Ages.
Particularly notable is the Museum of Human Palaeontology (Musée de Palaeontologie Humaine Terra Amata), the Nice Archaeological Museum (Musée d'Archéologie de Nice-Cimiez), and also the (Regional Museum of the Asian Arts (Musée Départemental des Arts Asiatiques). The main museums are given below.
Musée National Message Biblique Marc Chagall
Address: Avenue Docteur Ménard, Nice, France, FR
Tel: +33 04 93 53 87 20
This unusual museum houses a series of work by one man - the Russian-born artist, Marc Chagall. In all, 17 pieces make up Chagall's Biblical Message from the Old Testament, created between 1956 and 1966. Chagall lived in St. Paul-de-Vence, a small village near to Nice, from 1966 until his death in 1985.
Open hours: Wednesday to Monday, July to September - 10:00 to 18:00; October to June - 10:00 to 17:00
Musée de Palaeontologie Humaine Terra Amata (Museum of Human Palaeontology)
Address: 25 Boulevard Carnot, Nice, France, FR
Tel: +33 04 93 55 59 93
The Musée de Palaeontologie Humaine Terra Amata is built on an archaeological site discovered in Nice in the late 1950s. On permanent display in the museum are remains of the excavated site itself, together with finds which shed light on prehistoric life, from how earliest man lived, to the tools he worked with and the animals he hunted.
Open hours: Tuesday to Sunday - 10:00 to 18:00
Musée d'Archéologie de Nice-Cimiez (Archaeological Museum)
Address: 160 Avenue des Arènes, Nice, France, FR
Tel: +33 04 93 81 59 57
Nice's modern archaeological museum houses all the finds from past excavations of the city's 3rd-century Roman baths site. There are also various displays depicting Nice's history from Roman times, right through to the Middle Ages.
Open hours: Tuesday to Sunday, April to September - 10:00 to 12:00 and 14:00 to 18:00; October to March - 10:00 to 13:00 and 14:00 to 17:00
Admission: charge; free on 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month
Musée Départemental des Arts Asiatiques (Regional Museum of the Asian Arts)
Address: 405 Promenade des Anglais, Nice, France, FR
Tel: +33 04 92 29 37 00
Nice's newest museum is dedicated to Asiatic culture, with exhibitions of objects both ancient and modern. Throughout the year, various events are held, including workshops and a tea ceremony. Of particular interest at the Musée Départemental des Arts Asiatiques is the Japanese-designed building itself, as well as the museum's beautiful setting within Nice's Phoenix Parc, with lovely views over the lake.
Open hours: Wednesday to Monday, May to mid-October - 10:00 to 18:00; mid-October to April - 10:00 to 17:00